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Maya Use and Prevalence of the Atlatl: Projectile Point Classification Function Analysis from Chich(&)#233;n Itz(&)#225;, Tikal, and Caracol

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2012
Abstract/Description:
Multiple scholars have briefly discussed the Maya use of the atlatl. Yet, there has never been a decisive encompassing discussion of prevalence and use of the atlatl in the Maya region with multiple lines of support from iconographic and artifactual analyses. This thesis explores the atlatl at Chich(&)#233;n Itz(&)#225;, Tikal, and Caracol Maya sites to prove that atlatl prevalence can be interpreted primarily based on projectile point (")classification function(") analysis with support from iconographic and artifactual remains. The classification functions are derived from creating mutually exclusive groups of dart points and arrow points by using discrete functional analysis. Discerning between dart and arrow points can be completed with a high degree of accuracy based on maximum shoulder width of lithic points in an assemblage. Because the atlatl and bow complexes have been primarily constructed of perishable materials, the best method to determine the prevalence of atlatl use is by identifying the launcher based on projectile point identification. Using a cross-site comparison of projectile point size, the Maya use and prevalence of the atlatl will be elucidated.
Title: Maya Use and Prevalence of the Atlatl: Projectile Point Classification Function Analysis from Chich(&)#233;n Itz(&)#225;, Tikal, and Caracol.
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Name(s): Ciofalo, Andrew, Author
Chase, Arlen, Committee Chair
Chase, Diane, Committee Member
Barber, Sarah, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Multiple scholars have briefly discussed the Maya use of the atlatl. Yet, there has never been a decisive encompassing discussion of prevalence and use of the atlatl in the Maya region with multiple lines of support from iconographic and artifactual analyses. This thesis explores the atlatl at Chich(&)#233;n Itz(&)#225;, Tikal, and Caracol Maya sites to prove that atlatl prevalence can be interpreted primarily based on projectile point (")classification function(") analysis with support from iconographic and artifactual remains. The classification functions are derived from creating mutually exclusive groups of dart points and arrow points by using discrete functional analysis. Discerning between dart and arrow points can be completed with a high degree of accuracy based on maximum shoulder width of lithic points in an assemblage. Because the atlatl and bow complexes have been primarily constructed of perishable materials, the best method to determine the prevalence of atlatl use is by identifying the launcher based on projectile point identification. Using a cross-site comparison of projectile point size, the Maya use and prevalence of the atlatl will be elucidated.
Identifier: CFE0004193 (IID), ucf:49034 (fedora)
Note(s): 2012-05-01
M.A.
Sciences, Anthropology
Masters
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Subject(s): atlatl -- maya -- bow-andarrow -- bow -- arrow -- point -- projectile -- dart -- projectile point -- chichen itza -- tikal -- caracol
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004193
Restrictions on Access: public 2012-05-12
Host Institution: UCF

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